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A new object with several novelties - Qualified Perceptions
A new object with several novelties
Another object done in time for Christmas, this one for ilhander. I don't think he reads livejouranl any more, so I'm not going to bother marking this as a Secret Post to hide it. :)

Anyway, this is two-color Tunisian Crochet. Tunisian crochet is a somewhat new technique for me (I tried it once years ago for an afghan I never finished, and gauge changes between my start and finish doomed the project), and two-color Tunisian is totally new to me. So: crochet. You have this loop on your hook. A basic stitch is: pull up a second loop connected to the row below, and then pull a sideways loop through the new loop to connect it to your first loop. Now this new sideways connecting loop is the one loop on your hook. Iterate. Tunisian crochet involves pulling up all the connecting-to-the-row-below loops first, so you accumulate a bunch of them on your hook, and then pulling the sideways loops through to take the accumulated loops back off. You wouldn't think that the order would matter so much, but it looks very different than "normal" crochet. Normal crochet looks more like knots; Tunisian looks almost woven. But then the bonus here is that you can use two different colors, or even two different yarns - one for going forward, one for going back. That means two-color Tunisian has to be done in the round, or else you'd end up with one yarn at one end and the other at the other end after just a row, and there would be nowhere to go. But here, the "vertical" yarn always goes forward, and the "horizontal chain" always goes backwards, and each of them spirals around in the opposite direction as you make a tube. (How do you make a non-tube, then? For example, the face opening for this hood? With a steek.) But, interestingly, although each yarn is going around in a spiral, you are *working* back and forth - go around the circle one way, go backwards around the circle the other way.

Anyway, I thought it was a neat technique. And I learned about types of tunisian crochet stitch that aren't the basic - well, okay, really, I only learned one other type of stitch. But there are others. I learned the "purl" stitch, which has the vertical yarn in front for pulling the loops through, so there's more of that yarn on the front of the fabric. It looks a little to me like chain link fence. And then, if you alternate between basic stitch and purl stitch, the forward yarn clumps together to make these bars. I think of it as ribbing, though it doesn't pull in the way knit ribbing does, it just generates vertical stripes.

Next, the pattern called for a thin strong laceweight for the vertical yarn, and a fluffy unspun wool yarn for the horizontal chains. One person who used this yarn described it as "knitting with a fluffy cloud of sheep", which is not so far off. (For my non-yarnie friends, "unspun" means "untwisted". The twist in yarn is what gives it its strength; the fibers are bound together, so they don't just pull away from each other when you tug on them. This yarn does pull apart when you tug on it. No tugging.)


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bluepapercup From: bluepapercup Date: November 10th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
That looks fabulous! I agree, a nicely rustic look, and it appears drapey and soft. Cozy!

ps - I thought of you this week as I was wearing the brown and orange shawl as a neck wrap on a chilly day. :)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 11th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I am glad it is still making you happy! :)
jadia From: jadia Date: November 10th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's really cool. I love the look and the stitch technique.
twe From: twe Date: November 11th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it's a hood! For some reason I had gotten in my head that it was going to be a triangular shawl and then after reading who it was for, was trying to imagine him wearing one...

Did you wash it yet?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 11th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I soaked it to block, and it got a little softer. When I tried it on to test, it didn't seem as scratchy as I was worrying that it might be, though it is still clearly wool. :)
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: November 11th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Nifty! I'd never considered tunisian crochet in the round (but have really only done the most basic of tunisian crochet at all). Do you need a cable crochet hook for that?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: November 11th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does need a cable crochet hook. I got a hook with a separate long cable, so in theory if I decided to start doing tunisian crochet in many sizes, I would only have to get more hooks and not more cables, but I'm not sure that's actually very likely. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: November 11th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a neat looking texture/stitch. I like the image of knitting with a fluffy cloud. :-)
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: November 13th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Fluffy cloud of sheep" conjures a different image in my mind than "fluffy cloud" does.

Farm animals are usually a poor substitute for microscopic water droplets.
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